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the process of aging; usually begins in late adolescence


dynamic body adjustment related to homeostasis, that affects overall physiology over time. the main difference is that homeostasis requires an immediate response whereas allostasis requires longer-term adjustment

set point

particular body weight that an individual's homeostatic processes strive to maintain

attitudes of reproduction

1/4 of all people in US (women more than men, old more than young) believe that primary purpose of sex is to reproduce

attitudes of relationship

half people in US (dominant among emerging adults) believe that sex is primarily used for strengthening relationships

attitudes of recreation

1/4 of all adults (mostly men) believe sex is a fun pleasurable and recreational event

mental illness

emerging adults experience more of every diagnosed psychological disorder than any other age group. Most serious disorders begin in adolescence and often times are comorbid and go untreated

diathesis-stress model

the view that psychological disorders such as schiz. are produced by interaction of a genetic vulnerability and stressful environmental factors and life events

social norms approach

a method of reducing risky behavior that uses emerging adults' desire to follow social norms by making them aware, through the use of surveys, of the prevalence of various behaviors within their peer group

social clock

time table based on social norms for completing certain life events

plasticity genes

genes and alleles that make people more susceptible to environmental influences. this is a part of differential sensitivity

intimacy vs isoloation

Erikson's 6th stage of development in which adults seek someone to share their lives with. without such commitment, they risk profound aloneness and isolation

self expansion

each of us enlarges our understanding, experiences, and resources through friends and lovers

3 aspects of love

passion, commitment, intimacy

7 forms of love

1. liking: initmacy

2. infatuation: passion

3. empty love: commitment

4. romantic love: passion, initimacy

5. fatuous love: passion, commitment

6. companionate love: intimacy, commitment

7. consummate love (all 3 aspects)

linked lives

lives in which the success, health and well-being of each family member are connected to those of other members. e.g. parent-child relationship

US marriage stats

Half of all adults are married, living w/ spouse

12% of all emerging adults, 18-25, are married

Divorce rate is half of marriage rate (fewer people getting married)

Women having 1st baby under 30 are more often unmarried